freebsd-update (custom kernel)

Jason Helfman jhelfman at
Thu Nov 3 16:58:03 UTC 2011

On Thu, Nov 03, 2011 at 09:42:12AM -0700, Michael Sierchio thus spake:
>This is simply not the case.  freebsd-update works on the basis of
>cryptographic hashes on the binaries. It is, after all, a binary
>update program.  If it detects a custom kernel, it will not update the
>kernel, but updates userland programs.  It doesn't *care* what your
>kernel config name is, it really doesn't matter.
>Kernel update becomes a manual operation, which requires fetching
>sources from the SECURITY branch.

I'm not disagreeing with you, and I know what it does. I happen to run a
slew of update servers myself, however if you run your own update server
based on your own signatures, it will patch your custom kernel and
distribute it, as well.

I didn't know it would skip it, though, with the main update servers.

Jason Helfman
System Administrator
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